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Inside the Music

Act 1 | Act 2 | Pre-Concert Discussions | Touring Exhibit | Related Links

Act I — Life is a Cabaret

Act I, titled Life is a Cabaret recreates Berlin’s free-wheeling pre-war Weimar period that ended with Hitler’s ascendency in 1933. SMC’s assistant artistic director, Eric Lane Barnes created and arranged this act which features beloved tunes like Mack the Knife, Love for Sale, and Falling in Love Again. Local performer, Nick Garrison will join the Chorus with Wilkommen and Cabaret, among others. Under the direction of Donald Byrd, Spectrum Dance Theater will join the Chorus to interpret this riveting chapter of gay history through dance.

View notes about the songs of Act 1 »

Act II — For A Look or a Touch

Act II, will feature a new commission of Jake Heggie’s For a Look or a Touch. This musical drama chronicles the relatively untouched and unknown subject of gay persecution during the Holocaust. This is Gad Beck (actor, David Pichette) and Manfred Lewin’s (operatic baritone Morgan Smith) tragic but true wartime love story. The commission is by SMC and Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. Intiman Theatre’s associate producer Andrew Russell will stage the production.

View Directors Notes by Andrew Russell »

View Discussion of Work »

View Program Notes from 2007 Premiere by Jake Heggie »

Beyond the Concert

Pre-Concert Discussions

Saturday, April 2 — 7:15 PM
Sunday, April 3 — 1:15 PM

Performance Ticket Needed to Attend

Session I:  Resilience in the Face of Nazi Ideology

Lead by Dee Simon, Co-Executive Director
Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center

Location:  McCaw Hall, Allen Room

Exploring the ideology, laws and propaganda that led to a campaign of persecution against homosexuals, the Holocaust Center will draw parallels to events in our world today.

Session II:  For a Look or a Touch, a Discussion

(Sunday's discussion hosted by the Jewish Federation)

Location:  McCaw Hall, Norcliffe Room

Featuring:  Mina Miller, Artistic Director Music of Remembrance (Sat only); Jake Heggie, Composer; Gene Scheer, Librettist; Dennis Coleman, Artistic Director SMC; Eric Lane Barnes, Associate Artistic Director SMC; Andrew Russell, Director (Associate Producer: Initman Theatre); Sue Elliot, Director of Education Seattle Opera

Touring Exhibit

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945

On loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Through reproductions of some 250 historic photographs and documents, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 examines the rationale, means, and impact of the Nazi regime's attempt to eradicate homosexuality that left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more.

On display in the lobby of McCaw Hall as part of SMC’s concert weekend.
Open to the Public - FREE Admission

Exhibit Hours
Wednesday, March 30 — Saturday, April 2
Noon — 10:00 PM
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Noon — 5:00 PM

Docent Tours of Exhibit
Saturday, April 2 — 1:15 PM & 6:30 PM
Sunday, April 3 — 12:30 PM

Exhibit Sponors

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